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Pošta Variations

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The Frantisek Posta Heritage Series series

Frantisek Posta (1919-1991) was Principal Double Bass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 40 years and was the leading Czech bassist of his generation. He was much admired and revered around the world and commissioned and transcribed many works for double bass.

Pošta Variations was commissioned by17 double bassists from the UK, USA, Republic of Ireland, Turkey, Canada, Australia and Portugal to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of František Pošta in 2021.

"It is a great privilege to write a piece celebrating one of the worlds greatest Double Bass virtuoso’s. František Pošta was a musician who’s playing oozed warmth and style and his recording “The Grancino Bass of František Pošta” was the first recording of double bass music I listened to and the one recording that has remained with me to this day.

The first two bars of my piece musically portrays the name Pošta František, so taking the note A as a starting point and counting upwards in semitones P becomes a C and O becomes a B etc... the following eleven variations are based on aspects of his name and I hope the melodic lines and harmonic progressions found in these variations lead the player to recreate the qualities found in Pošta's playing." [Ivor Hodgson]

Born in Carlisle, England in 1959, Ivor Hodgson studied cello, double bass
and composition at the Birmingham School of Music. After graduating in 1981 Ivor joined the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, London University, as Principal Double Bass, where he also studied composition with Dr Alan Bush. After leaving the National Centre for Orchestral Studies he joined the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982 where he was a member of the Double Bass section for 37 years, retiring in April 2019 to spend more time on composing and travel.

Throughout his career, Hodgson has written a great variety of music including music for String Quartets, Orchestra, Brass band and an Opera “Plague” based on the gruesome but true story of the Plague arriving in the small Derbyshire village of Eyam in the year 1666. In 2002 he arranged music for the British pop idols, Will Young and Gareth Gates which was performed at the BBC Prom in Hyde Park, London.

At the heart of Hodgson's repertoire are eight concertos. His Piano Concerto, written for Peter Donahoe in 1992, was recorded for BBC Radio 3 by Kathryn Stott and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and a year later followed a Contra-Bassoon Concerto for Peter Wesley and the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1996 his Accordion Concerto was performed by the Russian virtuoso Oleg Sharov, with Manchester Camerata and 'On a long walk back from Manchester' a Bassoon Concerto was composed in 1998. His critically acclaimed Trombone Concerto was premiered in Chester Cathedral in 2000, performed several times with Robert Holliday as soloist, and was recorded in 2002 by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. There are also concertos for double bass and clarinet, his Trumpet Concerto was premiered at the International Trumpet Guild in Dallas in 2003, and his Cello Concerto was premiered in 2021.

Cat No. RM1066
Supplier Code RM1066
ComposerIvor Hodgson
CategoryDouble Bass Solo
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesFrantisek Posta Heritage Series
Difficulty level8, Advanced
Weight 183 grams
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